The Ashley Ridge baseball team is getting another shot at the Warriors.
In their Class AAAA playoff opener Thursday, the Swamp Foxes fell 2-1 to Wando in extra innings. However, Ashley Ridge bounced back by winning two straight elimination games to advance to the District VIII championship series. On Wednesday, Ashley Ridge (20-5) will travel to Wando for the series and has to defeat the Warriors twice in order to advance in the playoffs.
On Saturday, the Swamp Foxes eliminated Carolina Forest with an 11-3 victory.
Ashley Ridge tallied 11 hits in the game. Hunter Grover was 3 for 4 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored. Jason Miller was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
“That’s a good win for us,” Ashley Ridge coach BJ Bellush said. “We responded a little bit after not swinging the bats the other night. The kids kind of battled back.”
Freshman Josh Church picked up the pitching win for Ashley Ridge. He threw six innings and surrendered six hits while walking four and striking out two. Yates Robinson closed the game and retired three straight batters, including one with a strikeout.
“Josh is a freshman but he has shown he is mentally tough,” Bellush said. “He’s kind of been our guy all season and had a lot to do with us winning the region. For him to give us six innings and only give up three runs is huge. We didn’t have to use Jason Miller so we have him and some others ready to go for next week.”
That turned out to be the key for success Monday when Ashley Ridge eliminated Dutch Fork with a 4-1 victory. Miller threw a complete game to pick up the pitching win and contributed at the plate with a hit and two RBIs.
“We are excited about playing Wando again,” Bellush said. “If we can continue to swing the bats and play good defense we should be ok.”